NEW INFORMATION: Chippewa River about 13 feet below flood stage; city monitoring level

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (CITY OF EAU CLAIRE NEWS RELEASE) -- UPDATE: Chippewa River Update Monday, March 31, 2014 4:00 p.m.
At 3:00 p.m. this afternoon the Chippewa River was at elevation 760.1 at Grand Avenue, which is approximately thirteen (13) feet below the downtown flood stage of elevation 773.

Due to recent warm temperatures over the Chippewa Valley, the National Weather Service has revised the projection for the Chippewa River at Grand Avenue, Eau Claire, Wisconsin to crest Thursday afternoon at gauge elevation 770, approximately 3 feet below flood stage. As waters rise, the Chippewa River Trail behind the Hobbs Ice
Arena and behind the Haas Fine Arts Center (Second Avenue extended); bridge underpasses at Madison Street, Farwell Street and Lake Street; as well as lower portions of Owen Park will become inundated.

Spring flooding typically occurs due to melting snow in the upper watershed of the Chippewa and Eau Claire Rivers. Current forecasts for the upper watershed call for cooler days after Monday, with nighttime temperatures dropping below freezing. Precipitation early in the week will be rain and a wintry mix and snow later in the week.

Flood waters can generate stronger faster currents. In addition, lower water temperatures increase the risk of hypothermia. Extreme caution should be exercised by persons using the rivers for boating, canoeing, kayaking, shore-side fishing, tubing, swimming, wading, or activities near the water. Hazards involving high water levels, strong currents, floating or submerged wood debris or trees and obscured pilings are present on the Chippewa River.

The City will continue to monitor the river closely and report information as it is obtained. Residents along or near the river are also asked to monitor nearby river conditions in order to have as much advanced warning of those changes. Information is available on the City web site at www.eauclairewi.gov and on the Public Works Message Line at (715) 839-6002. For further information about this news release or river elevations, please contact the City of Eau Claire, Department of Public Works at (715) 839-4934.
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (CITY OF EAU CLAIRE NEWS RELEASE) --At 7:00 a.m. this morning the Chippewa River was at elevation 759.5 at Grand Avenue, which is approximately thirteen and one half (13.5) feet below the downtown flood stage of elevation 773.

Due to recent warm temperatures over the Chippewa Valley, the National Weather Service has projected the Chippewa River at Grand Avenue, Eau Claire, Wisconsin to crest Wednesday evening to Thursday morning at gauge elevation 767.8, approximately 5.2 feet below flood stage. As waters rise, the Chippewa River Trail behind the Hobbs Ice Arena and behind the Haas Fine Arts Center (Second Avenue extended) will become inundated, as well as lower portions of Owen Park. Flow in the Eau Claire River may require the closure of the trail underpass at Farwell Street.

Spring flooding typically occurs due to melting snow in the upper watershed of the Chippewa and Eau Claire Rivers. Current forecasts for the upper watershed call for cooler days after Monday, with night time temperatures dropping below freezing. Precipitation early in the week will be rain and a wintry mix and snow later in the week.
Flood waters can generate stronger faster currents. In addition, lower water temperatures increase the risk of hypothermia. Extreme caution should be exercised by persons using the rivers for boating, canoeing, kayaking, shore-side fishing, tubing, swimming, wading, or activities near the water. Hazards involving high water levels, strong currents, floating or submerged wood debris or trees and obscured pilings are present on the Chippewa River.

The City will continue to monitor the river closely and report information as it is obtained. Residents along or near the river are also asked to monitor nearby river conditions in order to have as much advanced warning of those changes. Information is available on the City web site at www.eauclairewi.gov and on the Public Works Message Line at (715) 839-6002.


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